Shine Bright Little Star.

Their daughter became one of those bright stars at just 7 months of age. My Life of Love and Mackenzie’s Mission is Rachael’s beautiful and heartwarming account of Mackenzie’s life, child loss, and a journey through IVF. Determined that other couples should not go through the same heartbreak, Rachael and Jonathan are now champions for genetic testing.

Shine Bright Little Star.

Their daughter became one of those bright stars at just 7 months of age. My Life of Love and Mackenzie’s Mission is Rachael’s beautiful and heartwarming account of Mackenzie’s life, child loss, and a journey through IVF. Determined that other couples should not go through the same heartbreak, Rachael and Jonathan are now champions for genetic testing.

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Pregnancy after child loss

Pregnancy after child loss

Pregnancy after child loss is hard. For both the Mum and Dad. So many moments are bitter sweet. For those who haven't experienced it, there is nothing simple about it. People saying 'relax, all will be fine, just enjoy it'...

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Hospital Bag

Hospital Bag

One of my favourite parts of pregnancy is preparing for the birth. I am a lover of lists, planning and preparation so for me packing the hospital bags is heaven. I started buying for the hospital bag early on but I would...

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Birth Hierarchy – Stop the judgement

Birth Hierarchy – Stop the judgement

A couple of days ago I had my hair done. This is the week of me running around doing all my maintenance appointments before bub comes. As I sat in the salon I heard a woman talking to my friend/hairdresser about birth,...

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental health. A big topic. It can affect anyone, for any reason, at anytime. For me I believe I had general anxiety before Mackenzie, but since we lost her my 'reasons' for mental health issues have been expanded beyond I...

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Can I be a normal Mum?

Can I be a normal Mum?

I have suddenly realised over this past week that I am not a normal Mum. I wonder if I will ever be? Part of me wants to be, so I can feel a part of a community but part of me never wants to lose the perspective my little...

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NIPT and AMNIOCENTESIS

NIPT and AMNIOCENTESIS

The NIPT/NIPS test came back low risk. A simple blood test confirmed what IVF genetic testing had told us - that our baby (who we have nicknamed Poppy whilst he or she is in me) does not have a chromosome condition. Poppy...

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MACKENZIE’S MISSION

A national project to study how best to introduce genetic carrier screening. Named after Mackenzie Casella, the bright shining star is lighting the way forward.

MACKENZIE’S MISSION

A national project to study how best to introduce genetic carrier screening. Named after Mackenzie Casella, the bright shining star is lighting the way forward.

“You can’t change what happened to you but your story can change what happens to someone else”

– Tanya Markul

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IVF Round Nine

IVF Round Nine

Round nine of IVF... I can't believe we are here. After losing Leo we were in shock. We couldn't possibly have imagined that our genetically tested embryo could come back as being affected by a severe chromosome condition...that the testing was wrong. That happens to...

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What I wish I’d known in my twenties

What I wish I’d known in my twenties

What I wish I had known in my twenties... I have seen articles like this before scattered through magazines. Usually the writer expresses the wish that they had been more body confident in their twenties, or happier with who they were, more self-confident or not...

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Talk about those you have loved and lost

Talk about those you have loved and lost

My friend @LEIGHACAMPBELL shared with me an article she wrote for @MAMAMIAAUS about losing her beautiful Dad recently to brain cancer, but to my surprise I also featured in the article. In it she says that when she first met me she was concerned by how much I spoke...

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About:

Rachael

Hi, I’m Rachael…

Author of the book Mackenzies Mision + Blogger + IVF Warrior + Activist Genetic Carrier Testing + Wife + Mum to Mackenzie + Bella + Leo + Hope

Book

Buy the book: Mackenzies Mission

Rachael and Jonathan were thrilled to welcome their baby Mackenzie into the world and to start their new lives as parents but then everything changed when Mackenzie was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder.

Mackenzie's Mission

Mackenzies Mission

After less than a year of campaigning, we achieved our goal! In the 2018-2019 Budget, the (then) Treasurer Scott Morrison announced $500 million for the Australian Genomics Health Futures Mission, $20 million of which was for Mackenzie’s Mission, a pilot program of carrier screening.

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Book

“A book about finding grief and finding purpose through unimaginable loss and heartbreak. Beautiful Mackenzie will continue to have a powerful impact on this worl through the work of her remarkable parents.”

– Libby Trickett

Book

“A book about finding grief and finding purpose through unimaginable loss and heartbreak. Beautiful Mackenzie will continue to have a powerful impact on this worl through the work of her remarkable parents.”

– Libby Trickett